Anyone that’s spent any time reading the eBay boards knows about how Nigerian Scammers try and pull the old “Cashiers Check Overpayment Scam” on sellers. It’s nothing new for eBay Motors.
The way this gig on eBay works is. Low volume sellers get 6 FREE Listings in a calendar year. If you get a bid, or a bid over your reserve price, eBay charges a $125 “successful transaction fee”. The same thing applies if you list the family sedan with the fixed price Buy Now format. If someone clicks that BIN Button the eBay till rings up another $ale and charges the seller a $125 fee.
After you have listed 6 Vehicles in a calendar year, the 7th vehicle listing steps you up to the big time eBay Motors HIGH VOLUME Seller Club! Woo Hoo.. Welcome to the eBay Motors ~ High Rollers Club 🙄 From here on you will pay a Flat $50 FEE per Listing, with NO Successful Listing Fee.
NOTE: eBay’s FVF on eBay Motors Vehicles is called a Transaction Service Fee (TSF) Something to do with skating the Motor Vehicle Dealer Licensing Laws.
The below eBay Motors Discussion Forum comment from one eBay Cheerleader, possibly an eBay Sock Puppet seems to affirm that no refund policy.. “They are not going to reimburse on that basis. It was a successful listing as it was sold, it just was not paid for in a legal or legitimate way. Ebay has no control over that , only you do.”
That has got to be the Dumbest Statement anyone could make! Oh Yea Baby.. eBay considers the vehicle sold. It’s not eBay’s Fault you didn’t accept the Scamming Buyers Counterfeit Cashiers Check for Payment! 🙄 🙄 🙄
Another idiotic post. eBay Motors is a BARGAIN compared to Hemmings.. At least Hemming’s Motor News is a serious selling venue for classic car enthusiasts. I bet Hemmings management would have a big old LOL on your comment!
Meanwhile eBay Motors – Just like the rest of eBay continues to sink lower into the abyss. Another seller just got eBay Motors rammed up their rear end. And got ridiculed by the regulars hanging out on the forums.
I see this scammer is a newly registered eBay member and already suspended (naru). I have suspected for many years that eBay was using Bid Bots to further their bottom line.
It wouldn’t take much to write a program that would register new members with user details plucked from an online white page type of database. Then set em loose bidding and buying on the site. After the required number of unpaid item strikes were filed that bot would become NARU just like the little fella above. But that’s just my two cents worth about the possibility of it actually being done.
What a deal.. Get a scamming buyer on your car.. eBay keeps the fees.. And get Ridiculed on eBay’s Motors discussion board by the regulars, and possibly eBay sock puppets and Astroturfers masquerading as regular members. These two sure seem to fit the profile above, and appear to be one person, despite the sentencing styles. Fruitacres and Salez4u.
The bottom line is.. eBay makes money from fraud. eBay could put bidder / buyer regulations in place to validate the member is who they say they are. Sellers could also be validated to prevent or at least slow down scam listings. But just like this article clearly shows, eBay is making money from these deadbeat fraudulent bidders.
With eBay profiting from fraud, what incentive is there for them to prevent it?
Oh well.. Next time try www.autotrader.com or www.cars.com. And depending on your location, defined by zip code, cars.com is offering a single free listing with no FVF or strings attached!
While your here, have a look at Doc’s popular article “Used Car Buying And Selling Internet Advice” Link above. The butt you save might wind up being your own. 😉